Ward relief after late drama

John Ward admitted managing Bristol Rovers could be bad for his heart after Oliver Norburn's late equaliser at Cheltenham.

Last Updated: 06/02/13 at 12:06

John Ward: Happy to take a point

John Ward: Happy to take a point

The Pirates midfielder struck five minutes into stoppage-time with a 35-yard thunderbolt to earn a 1-1 draw and stretch their unbeaten run to four matches.

"What a fantastic goal to win the game," said Ward. "It's a goal that would have graced any level and if they had had two goalkeepers they wouldn't have kept it out. If it had been scored in the Premier League you would have seen it week in, week out.

"We had tried to be positive and tried to take the game to a team that I'm pretty sure are going to get automatic promotion.

"They are very strong and recruited well in January so to come here and get a point in the way we did means I'm going to have to keep taking the heart tablets.

"We have a sign in the dressing room saying winners don't give in and we are trying to be winners - we haven't been in the past but we are trying to be now and we certainly don't give in.

"This was a big game here and it was a cracking game of football in terms of effort and attitude towards it. In my view a draw's a decent result. It was different to (beating) Barnet and the team has responded well - we had to switch around and do things a little differently."

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